Obituaries

Bailey Ruth Gillis

Anchorage resident Bailey Ruth Gillis, 18, died peacefully at her home on Wednesday, July 14, 2014.

A celebration of Bailey’s life was held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 19, 2014, at the Anchorage Lutheran Church, 1420 N Street in Anchorage, with a reception following.

Bailey was born Sept. 30, 1995, to Vern and Karen Gillis in Anchorage. She was born with congenital cytomegalovirus, a burden shared by too many.  

Ezra B. Pastro

Homer resident Ezra B. Pastro, 40, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer.

Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014, at the Christian Community Church in Homer. Pastor Bill Williams will officiate. A potluck will follow the services.

Esther ‘Peg’ Hill

Homer resident Mrs. Esther “Peg” M. Hill, 84, died Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at South Peninsula Hospital Long Term Care in Homer.

No services will be held.

Esther was born Dec. 4, 1929, in Fort Dodge, Iowa. She moved to Anchorage in 1960, where she lived up until 1982. In 2008, she moved to Homer where she lived up until the present.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Hill; sister, Arlene Jennrich, and brothers, William “Bill” Armstrong and Robert “Bob” Armstrong.

Johnathon W. Liebenthal

Lifelong Alaskan and Sterling resident Jonathon W. Liebenthal, 58, died Tuesday, July 8, 2014, on the Monopod platform in Cook Inlet from natural causes.

Funeral services were held 2 p.m. Monday, July 14, 2014, at Holy Transfiguration of Our Lord Russian Orthodox Church in Ninilchik. A viewing was held prior to services at the church. Burial followed the funeral in the church cemetery. Archpriest Thomas Andrew officiated. Pallbearers were Damian Collum, Nathon Stonecipher, Torvald Hansen, Dexter Ogle, David Bear and Dan Leman.

Paul S. McCartt

Longtime Homer resident Mr. Paul Samuel McCartt, 83, died Friday, July 4, 2014, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. No services are planned per Paul’s request. 

Peter H. Chrobak

Peter H. Chrobak, 66, died May 8, 2014. He was born Dec. 22, 1947, in Worcester, Mass. He arrived in Homer in 1974 and remained there until his death. Children and animal fan, fisherman, “codfather,” builder, questioner, and a generous friend and lover, he was a poet at heart. He leaves his family and friends with a poem he wrote long ago: “The silent fog had laid down / all around me and / there was peace in my heart — / for I could see everything / so clearly.”

Diana Lee Frank

Anchor Point resident, Mrs. Diana Lee Frank, 73, died Sunday, June 29, 2014, at her home in Anchor Point with her husband by her side. 

Funeral Services were held 12:30 p.m. Monday, July 7, 2014, at the Calvary Baptist Church in Ninilchik. She was laid to rest at the Anchor Point Cemetery. Pastor Kit Pherson officiated.

Mrs. Frank was born July 19, 1940. She moved to Alaska in 1960, living in Anchorage for a while before finally moving to Anchor Point. 

Renn Tolman

Homer boatbuilder and musician Renn Tolman passed away peacefully in his tiny beachfront cabin on the afternoon of Saturday, July 5, 2014. He was 80.

A celebration of Renn’s life will be held at his boat shop on Kachemak Drive in Homer at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 12, 2014.

Charles Stuart “Yukon Charlie” Young

Charles Stuart “Yukon Charlie” Young, born March 18, 1952, in Berkeley, Calif., died Sunday, May 25, 2014, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer from health complications. He was 62 years old. 

Charlie came to Alaska 22 years ago and made numerous friends. “He lived a good life full of interesting people, lovers, friends and a few rascals,” his family said. 

Frank J. Libal

A memorial Service for Frank J. Libal will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, June 7, 2014, at Faith Lutheran Church in Homer. Frank passed away at South Peninsula Hospital on Jan. 3, 2014, and a full obituary was published in the Jan. 22, 2014, edition of the Homer News. In lieu of flowers or monetary gifts, donations may be made to Faith Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, the South Peninsula Hospital Foundation, or Hospice of Homer. Weather permitting, family and friends will gather for a celebration of life party later that afternoon at the Anchor Point beach.

Charles Ashley

Homer resident, Mr. Charles Ashley, 61, died Friday, May 23, 2014, at his home in Homer. Private Services will be held at a later date. 

Mr. Ashley was born July 14, 1952. He moved to Homer, Alaska in 2011. He loved hunting, fishing and loved photography. He was a very kind and giving person who was always willing to help. He loved his dog, who was his constant companion. 

He was preceded in death by his wife.

Sherrie Louise Abbott

Sherrie Louise Abbott, 54, born Sept. 28, 1959, in Anchorage, died May 10, 2014, at Providence Hospital. “She walked across the celestial plain hand-in-hand with her spiritual guides,” her family said.

“So, here’s the deal. Our family and friends have never been enchanted with the whole obituary thing and writing all sorts of stuff about someone who isn’t with us anymore,” her family said. “Except that she is, growing from the seeds in our hearts and the memories in our minds.”

Melville Arlon Eklund

Former Anchor Point resident Melville Arlon Eklund, 73, died May 18, 2014, in New Braunfels, Texas. A graveside memorial service is at 10 a.m. May 22, 2014, at Luling Memorial Cemetery, Luling, Texas, with burial to follow.

Wayne E. Jones

Alaskan Pioneer and longtime Homer resident Wayne E. Jones, 89, died Thursday, May 8, 2014 in Homer. 

Wayne was born in Syracuse, N.Y., on Nov. 19, 1924, to Vinal and Etta (Nash) Jones and, as described in his father’s diary on the day of his birth, was a “well-built little fellow.”  He was born while his mother accompanied his father on a business trip, and they returned to their River Edge, N.J., home the following week.  

Larry E. Wilshusen

Larry Eldon Wilshusen, 79, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2013, in Marysville, Calif., of natural causes. In his last few days and hours, he was surrounded continually by his family, and died peacefully in his sleep.

A private service for his family will take place in Homer on May 24, 2014. Messages for the family can be emailed to wilshusen.family@gmail.com.

Richard Herz

Richard Herz, 82, of Baker City. Calif., died peacefully at home on June 7, 2013. There will be a memorial service for Richard at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 24, 2014, at the VFW Post 10221, Anchor Point.

Pat Sweiven

Former Homer resident Pat Sweiven, 71, died May 3, 2014. Born Jan. 10, 1943, she moved to Hoonah around 1960 and then to Anchorage, where she met her husband, Brian Sweiven. They moved to Homer in 1986, where they started Brian’s Appliance. Pat was a member of Pioneers of Alaska and the Homer Emblem Club No. 350. She was president of the Emblem Club from 1996-97 and a member of Homer American Legion Auxiliary Post 16. Pat moved to Shelton, Wash., in 1999 and then to Buckeye, Ariz., in 2012.

Peter E. Larson

Peter Ellsworth Larson, 73, of Homer, died surrounded by his family on Jan. 20, 2014. 

A celebration of life will be held at 1:30 p.m. May 31, 2014, at the Homer High School Mariner Theatre to commemorate Peter’s life with community and family. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of Homer, Homer Kachemak Bay Rotary or the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies.

John A. Hollis

John A. Hollis, age 67, a resident of Homer for the past 63 years, died Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at South Peninsula Hospital following an extended illness. Services are at 6 p.m. May 20, 2014, at Glacier View Baptist Church.

John was born Aug. 23, 1946, in Seattle, Wash. In 1950 his family moved north to Homer. He graduated from Homer High School in 1964 and later attended business college in Washington state. John was a heavy equipment operator and a truck driver throughout most of his life. John also was employed by the city of Homer as Harbormaster. 

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